I am writing this letter in response to a letter published Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999. Carmen and Nancy DeCicco wrote about how disgusted they were with photos of young hunters and their kills and implored you to keep them out of the newspaper.
Young hunters should be proud to have their pictures in the paper with the animals they have hunted. Hunting takes a lot of dedication, patience and hard work.
It teaches hunters to match wits with and respect animals that are neither stupid nor helpless.
Wild animals have several protective measures that they employ against hunters. They can hide extremely well and they are much faster than a person. It's not easy to find an animal, which is why it's called hunting, and even if the hunter does (find the animal), it usually won't stand still for very long.
Hunting is an excellent activity to teach kids today. It is an activity that gets kids outdoors and enjoying nature rather than vegetating on the couch. It can give kids a focus, something to do that is more productive than hanging out in fast-food restaurant parking lots.
The end result of hunting, if the hunter is very lucky, is food. Most hunters I know eat the animals they kill. The meat from wild game is not only healthier, but also less expensive than the hamburger that we buy at the grocery store. Do people not realize that the hamburger packaged up so nice at the store came from a cow that had no chance to run or hide before it was killed?
Humans have been predators for thousands of years, killing animals to eat. But hunting or killing animals in no way means that a person is disrespectful of life or is more inclined to kill another human being.
I enjoy hunting very much, not only for the chance it gives to get outside and for the excitement it brings, but also for the sustenance it can provide. With the high cost of food today, finding a way to feed your family less expensively is a major accomplishment.
Please continue to publish photos of hunters and their animals. It shows that kids are being taught important qualities -- patience, dedication, respect for animals and providing for their family.
Brenda Peace, Payson